BANGOR: Training Medical Scientists for NHS

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NEW degree course being offered at Bangor means the University will play a leading role in preparing the medical professionals of the future.

The Biomedical Science course starting this September at the School of Biological Sciences is a collaborative venture between the University and the North Wales NHS Trusts -and aims to meet the urgent need for more biomedical scientists to work in NHS hospitals.

``Establishing this degree programme reflects a major commitment by the University and North Wales NHS Trusts in providing students with the opportunity to study and follow a career as biomedical scientists in North Wales,'' said course co-ordinator Arfon Price Jones, who joins the University on a two-year secondment from the North West Wales NHS Trust, where he was employed as Chief Biomedical Scientist.

He explains that biomedical sci-ence describes the investigations carried out on samples of blood, tissue and other body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients.

It is concerned with the integration of a wide range of subjects such as biochemistry,cell biology, molecular biology and physiology which underpin the scientific investigation of human health and disease.

``The investigations carried out by biomedical scientists play an important role in modern medical care,'' saidMr Jones.

``Whenever you have a sample of blood taken by a doctor,it is analysed by a biomedical scientist.

Without them the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment and research to the possible causes and cures of disease would not be possible.

From cancer screening to diagnosing HIV,from blood transfusion for surgery to food poisoning and infection control,biomedical scien-tists are the foundation of modern healthcare. …